Over the past half-year, tens of thousands of words have swirled around the current situation of extraterritorial citizens of the United States.
In all that flood of comment, one piece stands out for treatment of an important but little-considered facet. Early on, financial planner (fee-for-service) David Christianson squarely addressed the topic of personality in Long arm of American tax law. It is good to see that his perceptive take at Winnipeg Free Press still remains available, just a click away.
A column that Christianson had written the previous week attracted “more emails and phone calls … than any in the last 16 years” of publishing his column. He found it “fascinating to observe the incredible range of reactions.”
Christianson encountered types ranging from rampant deniers to angry defiers to “borderline pathological rule followers … prone to panic.”
At the end the columnist offers a final counsel: “Try to objectively evaluate your reaction to all of this and what it reveals about your money personality.”
Those words resonate. Back in 1988 Katherine Gurney published a memorable book titled with that same phrase: Your Money Personality.
Commonalities can be perceived among the individual personalities that have gravitated into the orbit of Isaac Brock Society. Those commonalities also coalesce to produce a Brocker group personality.
At the same time, we can see big differences among Petros and Blaze and geeez and Mona and Tim and Victoria and Arrow and tiger and Eric and nobledreamer and schubert1975 and Calgary411 and ij and rivka88 and the rest of the numerous crew. Almost 200 of us have names now. (Lots of lurkers out there wondering if/how to transition past pure denial?)
This mess is not just about money. It is about fairness and honesty and justice and freedom. And lots of other things too.
Your Citizenship Personality. Isn’t criticizing and countering and vanquishing the hubris and insensitivity and overreach of United States authorities the most American thing you can do?